Menstrual Hygiene Day!

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD, MH Day in short) is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

In low-income countries, girls’ and women’s choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms. Adequate sanitation facilities and access to feminine hygiene products are one part of the solution. Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for women and girls is of equal importance. Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media. Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue. The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programmes.

Background

Menstrual hygiene management can be particularly challenging for girls and women in developing countries, where clean water and toilet facilities are often inadequate. In addition, traditional cultures make it difficult to discuss menstruation openly. This limits women’s and adolescent girls’ access to relevant and important information about the normal functions of their own body. This directly affects their health, education and dignity. Access to information can be considered a human right.

May 28 has symbolic meaning. May is the 5th month of the year and women menstruate an average of 5 days every month. Also, the menstrual cycle averages 28 days.

History

In 2012, several important groups involved in public health began to break the silence on MHM and turn their attention to the issue globally, including grassroots organizers, social entrepreneurs and United Nations agencies.[5]

In May 2013, WASH United used a 28-day social media campaign, for example on Twitter, called “May #MENSTRAVAGANZA” to generate awareness about menstruation and MHM as important considerations within water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) development initiatives.[1][7] Those involved with the social media campaign, including WASH Advocates, Girls’ Globe and Ruby Cup, were encouraged by the positive feedback for the “May #MENSTRAVAGANZA” and they decided to create a global awareness day for menstruation.[7]

On 28 May 2014, many people around the world celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day for the first time with rallies, exhibitions, movie screenings, workshops and speeches.[8] There were 145 partners involved with the first MHD.

Raising awareness

Menstrual hygiene day is meant to serve as a platform to bring together individuals, organisations, social businesses and the media to create a united and strong voice for women and girls around the world, helping to break the silence about menstrual hygiene management.

The objectives of MHD include

  • To address the challenges and hardships many women and girls face during their menstruation.
  • To highlight the positive and innovative solutions being taken to address these challenges.
  • To catalyse a growing, global movement that recognizes and supports girls’ and women’s rights and build partnerships among those partners on national and local level.
  • To engage in policy dialogue and actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programmes.
  • To create an occasion for media work, including social media.
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day makes audible and visible a growing movement that promotes body literacy and autonomy, as well as gender equality.

Women spend 2555 days in menopause in their lifespan. It is approximately 7 years of their life time.Whether woman or girl like it or not, they have to face it and that is a natural phenomenon.But we have to say that people still not aware of this natural phenomenon because in this modern days also menstruation is something that women are reluctant to talk about. still menstruation is the subject of sadness for women.So let’s see menstruation as a normal activity and we will try to make them strong without hurting them. Girls make your period days healthy and happy without any stress.

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